Ignatieff defeated

Academic-writer-tv presenter turned Canadian MP, Michael Ignatieff, has been defeated in his bid for the leadership of the Liberal party, Canada’s natural party of government. Ignatieff had pushed for a more liberal approach to Quebec, stuck to his support of Canada’s increasing unpopular presence in Afghanistan and was critical of past Liberal governments. Another academic turned politician, Quebecer Stephane Dion, came from fourth to take 54% in the final ballot. Dion is known for his pro-environmental stance and hardline on Quebec separatism.